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Quotes on VISION
"The empires of the future are empires of the mind."
— Winston Churchill
"No one is less ready for tomorrow than the person who holds the most rigid beliefs about what tomorrow will contain."
— Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor and Howard Means
The Visionary's Handbook: Ten Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business (1999)
“To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.”
“A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.”
— Ralph Lauren
“A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.”
— David Gergen
“A philosophy of life: I'm an adventurer, looking for treasure.”
— Paulo Coelho, 21st century Brazilian writer
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
“All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.”
— Benjamin Franklin
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain.”
— William Jennings Bryan
“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your Vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”
— James Allen
“Reflection is looking in so you can look out with a broader, bigger, and more accurate perspective.”
— Mick Ukleja and Robert Lorber
"Big thinking precedes great achievement."
— Wilferd Peterson
"Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things but the absence of vision."
"The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious."
— John Scully
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."
— Henry David Thoreau
"Don't underestimate the power of a vision. McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc, pictured his empire long before it existed, and he saw how to get there. He invented the company motto — 'Quality, service, cleanliness and value' — and kept repeating it to employees for the rest of his life."
— Kenneth Labich
"If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise."
— Robert Fritz
"The very essence of leadership is [that] you have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."
— Theodore Hesburgh
"The companies that survive longest are the one's that work out what they uniquely can give to the world—not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul."
— Charles Handy
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible."
— T.E. Lawrence
Seven Pillars of Wisdom
"Vision is the art of seeing the invisible."
— Jonathan Swift
“It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.”
— Sören Kierkegaard
“Create your future from your future, not your past.”
— Werner Erhard
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Looking up gives light, although at first it makes you dizzy.”
— Mevlana Rumi, 13th century sufi poet and mystic
Rumi Daylight: A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance
“No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities – always see them, for they're always there.”
— Norman Vincent Peale
“Nothing stops an organization faster than people who believe that the way you worked yesterday is the best way to work tomorrow.”
— Jon Madonna
“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
— Mark Twain
“Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
— Mark Twain
“Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills -- against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. ‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all.”
— Robert F. Kennedy
“To grasp and hold a vision, that is the very essence of successful leadership—not only on the movie set where I learned it, but everywhere.”
— Ronald Reagan
“I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.”
— Mark Twain